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November 20, 2010 / Katie

Beauty for Ashes: BBC’s “Ouch! It’s a disability thing”

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From time to time I browse through the iTunes Store looking for new podcasts to listen to.  I hit gold a few days ago when I stumbled upon the Ouch! Disability Talk Show Podcast from the BBC.  As I listened to these half-hour podcasts, I was just drinking it up.  The hosts, who are themselves disabled, discuss issues and challenges faced by disabled people with directness and a joyful sense of humor.

Later as I was researching it to make this post, I discovered that Ouch! is not just a podcast but an entire website, with bloggers, forums, news, information, and even a place to “play” (with everything from quizzes to wallpapers to comics).

On their website (on the “What is Ouch!?” page) they include the following description of themselves:

Ouch! is a website from the BBC that reflects the lives and experiences of disabled people. It has articles, blogs, a very busy messageboard and an award-winning downloadable radio show – The Ouch Podcast). It’s aimed at those with a stakehold in disability: family, friends, professionals and, rather importantly, disabled people themselves – without whom all this would be a bit meaningless.

There are many ways to join in, comment and add value by posting your personal experiences or helpful tips. Ouch! often likes to use humour and doesn’t dodge issues with fancy politically correct language. And the Ouch team are themselves disabled.

I love this podcast and website!  It is truly about making beauty from ashes.  It is all about finding humor, support, information, and encouragement in the midst of physical limitations and pain, as well as social oppression.

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